How to Volunteer

Volunteers are at the heart of student nutrition programs - a little time can make a big difference.

Student nutrition programs in Central Eastern Ontario proudly enjoy the support of around 1,400 volunteers who together contributed over 278, 300 hours last year alone. These volunteers included:

  • Seniors whose presence fosters intergenerational relationships, missing in many children's lives.
  • High school students who earn hours towards their secondary school community service requirements while gaining real-life experience working with children and getting to know their community.
  • Employees whose businesses or organizations offer flex or paid time to volunteer at a student nutrition program.

Making a positive difference in children's lives by volunteering with a student nutrition program can be a very gratifying experience.

A Story from Eat Well to Excel, Simcoe County's student nutrition program

Through a senior men's organization in Orillia, three years ago Fred got involved in volunteering every Tuesday with the morning nutrition program at a neighbourhood school. He and a parent volunteer prepare the nutritious menu items and serve them to 25-30 children over the course of an hour. "It's a terrific experience," says Fred. "Being with these kids once a week is a win-win for them and for me. It keeps me young!"